Before and After: You'll Never Recognise This Stunning Kitchen Makeover

Sophie Miura

Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Brady Tolbert

Every renter knows there a few parts of a home that are generally off-limits to redecorate. Given that every structural change needs to be approved by building management, you usually have to turn a blind eye to a dated kitchen—or at least, that's what we thought.

If you've been putting up with '70s tiles and worn shelves because you can't renovate, Brady Tolbert, editorial director at Emily Henderson, says there is a way to update a kitchen without remodeling. Tolbert, who's gained serious DIY cred for his stunning dining room reveal, has turned his attention to decorating his kitchen, a once cramped, dimly lit space.

"In an ideal world, I would have been able to rip out the cabinets and create a more functional layout by adding counter space and storage," Tolbert tells MyDomaine. "But since I wasn't able to do that I started with a good coat of fresh white paint which instantly brightened up the kitchen."

A coat of paint was just the start of Tolbert's project. Take a look at the stunning before and after photos to find out how a design pro transforms a kitchen without renovating. Turns out it's possible.

What do to you think about this rental kitchen makeover? Have you tried any of these styling tricks at home?

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